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What is Preterm Labour?

Preterm labour is a condition in which uterine contractions cause the cervix (opening to the womb) to thin and open earlier than normal. These changes may lead to the baby being born before it has reached its full growth and development.

Preterm birth is a birth that occurs three weeks or more before the baby is due (before 37 weeks gestation). When a baby is born early, it is at a higher risk for health problems. In general, the more premature a baby is, the greater the problems

It is important for all pregnant women to know the signs of preterm labour and what they can do about it. When premature labour is diagnosed early, you may be given medicine to delay the birth of the baby.